Practicing what we preach: developing a data sharing policy for the Journal of the Medical Library Association




Data Sharing, Scholarly Publishing, Research Transparency, Open Science


Providing access to the data underlying research results in published literature allows others to reproduce those results or analyze the data in new ways. Health sciences librarians and information professionals have long been advocates of data sharing. It is time for us to practice what we preach and share the data associated with our published research. This editorial describes the activity of a working group charged with developing a research data sharing policy for the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Author Biographies

Kevin B. Read, Data Services Librarian and Data Discovery Lead, NYU Health Sciences Library, New York University School of Medicine, 577 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Data Services Librarian and Data Discovery Lead

Liz Amos, , Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology

Lisa M. Federer, Research Data Informationist, NIH Library, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Research Data Informationist

Ayaba Logan, Research and Education Informationist, Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Research and Education Informationist

T. Scott Plutchak, Director of Digital Data Curation Strategies, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Director of Digital Data Curation Strategies

Katherine G. Akers, Journal of the Medical Library Association



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